Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ was born 30 years ago

Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ was born 30 years ago — and ‘world music’ grew with it

Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform on Saturday Night Live in New York City on May 10th, 1986.
Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform on Saturday Night Live in New York City on May 10th, 1986. Credit: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Paul Simon’s album “Graceland.” And its musical, cultural and political significance is worth noting. As a lyricist, Simon was always telling stories. His 1986 release was no different. There was “You Can Call Me Al,” a song about a man in a midlife crisis. And the title track begins…

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